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Craft Beer 101: What’s a Stout?


Have you ever wondered what makes a stout a stout? Or what the relation is between a porter and a stout? The Beeroness answers these questions and more in this introductory look at dark beer. She even includes suggestions for your Must-Try list, and a recipe for chocolate stout mousse brownies.

Don’t let the color fool you, these gentle giants offer a smooth, malty, drinkability with much lower hop bitterness than their lighter counterpoints. Stouts were born from another dark beer, the Porter. Porters and stouts are both made with grains that have been roasted to a dark blackness, giving them their inky color and toasted flavors.

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Rebecca Haley-Park

Rebecca Haley-Park is culture's Editor and resident stinky cheese cheerleader. A native New Englander, she holds a BFA in creative writing from University of Maine at Farmington.